I think most of us, if forced to define our relationship with health and fitness, we’d have to settle on: “It’s Complicated”.
I was no different, my 20’s were a blur of extreme fitness with poor nutrition – which led to me developing some seriously bad health issues. To make matters worse, I was a personal trainer for some of that time. Teaching balance to my clients – meanwhile personally living off tuna and lettuce.
Knowledge doesn’t always mean power – esp if you’re willing to act like a ninny for a 6 pack.
Navigating through the latest fad diets and newest workouts on the block, I finally surrendered to the NOT SO DANG COMPLICATED conclusion that eating healthy and exercising like a normal, balanced person is what leads to overall positive health. OBVI, right?
In the hopes of saving you guys money and unnecessary research – here’s the top Four Health and Fitness Fake Outs that I went through. Avoiding these and you’ll likely just find yourself…happy AND healthy. Who would have thought?
- Low carb diets. SAY NO TO CARB DISCRIMINATION. Carbs do not make you fat. Excess ANYTHING will make you gain weight. Dear, lovely, unnecessarily-villainized carbs – they’re not the problem. I promise. In fact, NOT eating carbs or eating a diet dangerous low in carbohydrates, can lead to a whole posse of problems! If you’re scared of carbs, yup, so was I. For YEARS. And what I can assure you is if you eat a balanced diet of protein, carbs AND fat – your body will LOVE you for it and you’ll have the energy to prove it. **we can talk about the best sources for carbs on a different post**
- Cardio only workouts. Take it easy Jane Fonda. Cardiovascular workouts are amazing for heart health. When mixed with a strength training schedule it equates to a perfectly balanced workout schedule. Don’t choose just one over the other. Your body and muscles will thank you if you for incorporating both. Tight for time? You can easily find 30 minute workouts online that incorporate both strength training and cardio. It doesn’t have to be an either/or. I’ll talk about my fave workout apps next week!
- Overtraining. CHILL SOMETIMES. You need to rest. Burning rubber seven days a week does not do a body good and depending on your intensity, can lead to overtraining and the negative results that can wreak havoc on the body. In fact, incorporating a rest day a week, gives your body time to repair, leaving you more rested and ready for optimum strength for your next scheduled workout.
- Ignoring Nutrients. Eat yo greens. Your body needs not only carbs, protein and fats (aka macro nutrients) to function, but also micro nutrients. Without getting into the nit and gritty – eating a nutrient dense diet of fruits and veggies (mom was right) is super important. Twice a year, I do a body reset (and run them for my clients monthly) to get myself back into the zone of eating a ton of nutrients and seeing how AMAZING my body feels from that. The rest of the year, I follow an 80/20 rule of eating healthy and, well: wine. The point is: eat from the earth, it’s where the good stuff grows in terms of nutrients. An added bonus of eating plant based is your skin looks amazing. And I’m all about healthy living from the inside, out.
Disclaimer: I don’t have a year round 6 pack. I have curves. I respect my body. I eat healthy and enjoy treats. I love my schedule of diverse workouts. This is what healthy means to me.